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Another monarch in Lagos State, Yusuf Ogundare, who is the Baale of Shangisha, Magodo, has been kidnapped.

According to available information, the monarch was kidnapped on Wednesday by men who posed as land buyers.

The men, who were later discovered to be armed, had approached Ogundare, seeking to buy a parcel of land.

According to the Baale’s brother, Mohammed Adams, Ogundare was invited to the CMD Guest House on CMD Road, Shangisha by some unknown men over the phone, claiming they wanted to buy a parcel of land.

Adams said that while taking the men to Shangisha inside the presumed buyer’s Toyota Venza car with unknown registration number for the inspection of the land, they discovered that the three of them were armed.

Subsequently, the hoodlums diverted the journey.

On getting to Domino’s Pizza Junction, also along the CMD Road, Shangisha, Adams was dropped by the roadside, while his brother was taken away.

Adams then reported the development to the police.

Before now, gunmen had also kidnapped the Oniba of Ibaland, Oba Goriola Oseni.
Oseni, who spent days with his abductors, was released only after ransom was paid.

The alleged abductors have been arrested and are standing trial in court now.

Commenting on the abduction of Ogundare on Thursday, the spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, told members of the public to come forward with any intelligent information that may lead to the rescue of Ogundare and the arrest of his abductors.

Famous-Cole said investigations and tracking of the abductors had commenced.

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National Assembly Postpones Resumption, New Date Announced

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The National Assembly will not be resuming from its recess on September 25, 2018, as earlier fixed.

The cancellation of the resumption of the Senate and House of Representatives was contained in a statement by the Clerk to the National Assembly, M.A. Sani-Omolori, on Sunday.

The new resumption date was put as October 9, 2018.

Sani-Omolori said: “This is to inform all Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members that resumption of plenary session earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 25th September has been postponed to Tuesday 9th October due to the activities of the primaries of the political parties.

“All Distinguished Senators and Honourable members are expected to resume the plenary session by 10 am on the 9th of October, please.”

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Osun Decides: Fani-Kayode Promises To Get Omisore’s Support For Adeleke In Rerun Election

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The former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declaring the just-concluded governorship election in Osun State inconclusive.

INEC had announced that Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, polled about 254,698 ahead of Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who had 254,345 votes.

This decision followed cancellation of votes in Orolu Local Government, Ife South LG, Ife North LG and Osogbo LG.

But in a swift reaction, The PDP chieftain while congratulating the party, promised to talk to the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore to join forces with PDP for a victorious Thursday’s rerun.

Fani-Kayode tweeted, “I am so proud of the @OfficialPDPNig in Osun. Congrats to my friend and brother, Demola Adeleke. Now is the time for us to reach out and work with others. I will talk to my cousin, Iyiola Omisore.

“He is a fighter. We need him. We must join forces and send the APC demons packing.”

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Osun Decides: INEC Announces Date For Rerun In 4 Local Governments

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Following the inconclusive nature of the September 22 gubernatorial election in Osun State, in which the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP led by 353, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced Thursday, September 27 as the new date for rerun.

According to the commission, the rerun will be conducted in some of the units in which votes were cancelled for alleged irregularities.

The affected local governments are : Orolu, Osogbo, Ife South and Ife North, making four local governments in all.

Recall that INEC had on Sunday announced the final results of the governorship election, with candidate of PDP leading with a total votes of 254, 698, while APC polled 254,345 to come second in the exercise.

The returning officer for the governorship election, Prof. Joseph Adeola, who announced the results reeled out the total number of valid votes to be 767,955 and rejected votes to be 47,843.

Adeola added that the margin between the PDP and APC which is 353, and the total cancelled ballots totalling 3348 will not make any party a winner of the contest, in line with electoral act.

He, therefore, declared the election inconclusive, as he said the exact date for rerun will be announced soonest.

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